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Grant opportunities and community investments

Grant opportunities and community investments

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2021 Legislature adjourned last night after a 105-day mostly-remote session that was unique in many ways. While it was conducted mostly on Zoom, we managed to complete our work efficiently and deliver several historic policies ...

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Legislature nears finish line

Legislature nears finish line

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 2021 legislative session is nearing the finish line and I want to share an update on some of the progress we are making. It has been a unique session in many ways as the legislature has ...

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Senate passes landmark $59.2 billion budget for state’s recovery

Senate passes landmark $59.2 billion budget for state’s recovery

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a $59.2 billion, two-year budget today to boost funding for state services and provide essential support for the state’s pandemic recovery efforts. The 2021-23 operating budget includes an additional $7 billion in one-time federal ...

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Senate budget makes historic investments for recovery, resilience

Senate budget makes historic investments for recovery, resilience

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats today introduced a sweeping, $59.2 billion two-year budget proposal to increase funding for vital state services, including targeted support for the state’s pandemic recovery efforts and historic investments to support Washington’s working families. The 2021-23 operating ...

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Rolfes: March revenue forecast is ‘fantastic news for our state’

Rolfes: March revenue forecast is ‘fantastic news for our state’

OLYMPIA – State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting. “Today’s revenue forecast is fantastic news for our state. The challenge now is to ...

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More pandemic relief on the way

More pandemic relief on the way

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are about one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session and continue to focus on helping households and businesses survive and recover during this difficult time. I know the fastest, shortest path to getting our ...

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Legislature passes $2.2B pandemic relief package

Legislature passes $2.2B pandemic relief package

The Washington State Legislature on Wednesday gave final approval to a bipartisan $2.2 billion COVID-19 relief measure to expand testing and vaccine distribution, provide support to schools, make grants available for small business, and help thousands meet basic needs with ...

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Senate votes to waive fees for businesses hurt by pandemic

Senate votes to waive fees for businesses hurt by pandemic

Liquor licensing fees paid by businesses hurt by public health measures would be waived, under legislation passed unanimously today by the Washington State Senate. Senate Bill 5272, sponsored by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), would allow thousands of establishments impacted by ...

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2021 legislative session is underway

2021 legislative session is underway

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The last few weeks have been unlike any in our nation’s history -- filled with deep sadness and bright rays of hope. When the 2021 legislative session started last week, the legislative buildings in Olympia were surrounded ...

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Rolfes: Governor’s budget proposal meets pressing needs of state

Rolfes: Governor’s budget proposal meets pressing needs of state

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement after the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2021 operating budget proposal.

“I appreciate the work the ...

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